The Atlanta Falcons recently admitted to piping in artificial crown noise into the Georgia Dome during home games in order to give themselves a competitive advantage. It didn’t work given their record over the past few years. Nonetheless, for their troubles, the NFL has handed down their punishment. The team has been fined $350,000 and docked a draft pick. Moreover, embarrassment will linger for a while.
The Atlanta Falcons have been fined $350,000 and will forfeit a 2016 draft pick for piping crowd noise into the Georgia Dome during home games over the last two seasons.
The NFL announced the penalties Monday, saying that the Falcons will lose a fifth-round pick in next year’s draft. If the Falcons have multiple picks in the fifth round, they will lose the highest of those selections, according to the NFL.
“What took place was wrong and nowhere near the standards by which we run our business,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. “Anytime there are actions that compromise the integrity of the NFL or threaten the culture of our franchise, as this issue did, they will be dealt with swiftly and strongly.”
We had to laugh at this sarcastic tweet from the ‘Fake ESPN’ on twitter:
NFL fines Falcons $350k and docks draft pick for fake crowd noise, say they don’t tolerate cheating that doesn’t result in a championship.
— The Fake ESPN (@TheFakeESPN) March 30, 2015